Founded in 1997, IDER is a conference, with exhibits, where best practices and solutions to ensure readiness for, response to, recovery from and resilience for disasters and major emergencies, whether caused by nature, accident or terrorism are identified, implemented and shown. It has also become an international network of emergency responders.
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Topics to be addressed by IDER 2014 include - see Programme:
Responding to extreme weather This session will explore the impact of extreme weather events, such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and how disaster risk management (DRM) may reduce the loss of human life and the environmental, economic and material damage.
Impact of Social Media on Disaster Management When dealing with disaster what are the implications of the extraordinary spread of Social Media and how may it best be used to improve disaster response?
Critical National Infrastructure What are the key risks of major disruption to a country’s critical national infrastructure such as its energy, communication and transport systems and how best may they be protected?
Engaging Community Resilience The immediate impact of disasters is at the local level. How can communities better prepare themselves and become more resilient?
Health Disaster Management What is viewed as best practice when it comes to the response of medical teams, taking care of casualties or dealing with the risk of disease or a pandemic?
Civil Protection and the European Union The latest key developments and initiatives being undertaken by the European Union in the continued search for improved resilience and disaster response.
Case Studies of recent disasters Lessons learned from the response to recent disasters however caused whether man-made or natural and including extreme weather events, technological failure and terrorism.